So you have made the choice to start making wine from home but now you need to know where to go next. You have been all over the Internet looking for recipes and you have found the ones that you want to work with. All you need now are the supplies for making your own brand of homemade wine. There are not only supplies, but equipment that is needed too. Once you learn this, you can be fully prepared for your wine making.
Where to Purchase Equipment
Most equipment can be found at your local department store. Large pans, stirrers and funnels can all be purchased at a lower price by just going to the discount store. Other supplies such as wine jugs can be reused from old jugs that are sitting around the home or can be purchased new. Some supplies are going to have to be purchased from either an online or local wine supply store.
Discount Store Purchases
• Stir Stick
• Tubing or Hose
• Campden Tablets
Where to Purchase Supplies
Once you have all the equipment, you are going to want to purchase the actual supplies for making the wine. There are a few places where you can find the items necessary for making a great tasting wine. Each component is going to be purchased at different spots but many can be found at your local grocery store.
• Fruits – Grapes and other fruits can be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market if there is one in your area. It is best to choose the fruits yourself and make sure that they are ripe before using for wine. There are online stores that sell grapes that are specifically made for producing wine for those who want a more authentic taste. When fresh fruits are not convenient, frozen fruit or frozen concentrated juice is going to work as long as they are not loaded down with sugar.
• Honey – Honey is a natural sweetener that can be used in place of sugar or can be used on its own when making a mead wine. When purchasing honey, it can be wise to purchase this online as there is going to be more variety than you are going to find at your local grocery store. Honey is produced by bees and each honey type is going to reflect the taste of the pollen from the plants that the bees service. Clover honey comes from bees that pollinate clover and so on.
Any item or ingredient that cannot be found at the grocery or discount store can be found at the local wine maker shop. If there is not one nearby, then the Internet can be a great resource for purchasing wine making supplies.